I’m a little late in sending this out, so hopefully your child has already taken or you have already registered for standardized testing.
This could be a reminder to you or saved for options for next year!
Standardized Testing is required for all Pennsylvania homeschoolers in grades 3, 5, & 8. Even though standardized testing is not required by law for grade 7, I would highly recommend that you sign your child up for testing if you are considering enrolling him/her in a magnet or private school for high school. Most high schools want to see 7th grade test scores. Some magnet high schools want to see standardized test scores from 6th grade as well.
If you are looking for a comparison of standardized testing here are some sites that give some information:
Of course, homeschoolers in Philadelphia always have the option to take PSSA’s at their local school, but for various reasons, many homeschool moms would prefer to send their children elsewhere. You may be thinking, “That’s us! Where do Philadelphia homeschoolers go?” Here’s a list of places I’ve compiled that may be an option for you:
WHERE TO TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS in 2018?
1. Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Phila. 19115 Classical Conversations’ Northeast Campus
Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115
What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test
When: Wednesday, May 9th, & Thursday, May 10th
Times: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Cost: $50 per child
Register by: April 16th
Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Services
You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them. If you have further questions, please contact the Coordinator: Angela Chung firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Where: with Audrey Johnson (certified teacher) in Northwest Philadelphia. She is willing to test students at her home or travel to your home for an additional fee.
What Test: CAT California Achievement Test
Times: Please contact Audrey Johnson to set a time
Cost: Fees vary based on testing location. (But are comparable to those listed here.)
3. You can enter your zip code on the Homeschool Testing Service site to find a Classical Conversation location near you to join their testing site.
Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Service
4. You also have the option of administering a paper test at home for your child.
Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Services Classical Conversations offers this.
5. Online testing is another option. Your child would sit at a computer and take the test. Some places allow you or someone else to be the proctor, and some have you call in and use headphones for someone in their company to be the proctor.
Here are some links where you may order a test.
Homeschool Testing Services offers the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test
Academic Excellence offers the California Achievement Test
Seton Testing Services offers the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test
6. For more information on Standardized Tests, Pennsylvania requirements, or where to purchase tests, please check out this website: Ask Pauline Standardized Testing